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How to Build a Cue Rack

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a billiard cue rack.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Cut Wood for the Rack

Pine wood will make a sturdy cue rack, just cut to size and mark hole placements for the cue sticks and cups. Cut two 12" x 3' boards, one for top and other for bottom. Mark the bottom of the top board for 1-1/2 inch cue stick holes and the 3-1/4 inch cupholder holes. Use a carpenter's square. Position cue holes evenly and random cup holes.

A saw bit can be used to cut the holes needed for the cues and cup holders. Just be sure to use the right size bit for each type of hole. Clamp the top board bottom side up, so the markings will show and drill the 1-1/2 inch holes with a 1-1/4 inch arbored hole saw bit and electric drill. Drill the 3-1/4 inch holes for the cup holders with a 3-1/4 inch arbored hole saw bit. Start drilling from the bottom with the arbored bit and drill half the way through the board or until you see the drill bit come through the topside. Then flip the board, clamp and drill the remainder from the reverse side. This achieves a clean cut edge. Place the drilled top board on top of the bottom board and trace the cue holes to the bottom board. Repeat this for the bottom board which creates holes for the cue stick ends. Sand the entire piece.

Step 3: Attach a Scant Board for Cup Holders

To keep your cups in place, a scant board will need to be attached underneath, creating a bottom for your cup holders. Place 1/4" scant boards underneath the top board covering the cup-holder area. Screw in place. This creates a bottom for the cups to rest on. Place 1/4" scant boards underneath the bottom board covering the cue stick holes. Screw in place. This creates a bottom for the cue sticks to rest.

Step 4: Connect the Top and Bottom

Pre-made furniture legs screwed into the corners connect the top and bottom. Screw straight top plates under the top board in the four corners. Pre-drill a pilot hole into bottom leg. Screw top legs into straight top plates then screw on the bottom legs.

Step 5: Add Bun Feet and a Water-Based Stain

Bun feet on the bottom add a finished touch and so will decorative trim on the edges. Screw in straight top plates on the four corners of the bottom for the bun feet. Screw in the bun feet. A green-friendly, water-based stain and a clear topcoat will create a nice finish. Add liners cut from cork sheets to protect the cup holders from moisture.